Yesha Callahan

Beyoncé Is Snubbing the Media, But Does It Even Matter?

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Sometimes it feels like Beyoncé is everywhere. On blogs, all across social media, on our radios, blaring from the speakers in the gym. Despite Bey’s attempted takeover of our lives, apparently she’s been snubbing the press.

I know what you’re thinking–#bishwhere? (thanks Rihanna).

Few months go by without Beyoncé showing up on the cover of a magazine, so she’s not exactly hiding out.

But for the past few years Beyoncé’s appearances on international publications have been missing one, big thing: an actual interview.

The New York Times explains:

he biggest Vogue of the year, the vaunted September issue (832 pages, four pounds, three ounces), is now on the stands. On its cover is arguably the biggest star of the moment, Beyoncé.

…But inside Vogue’s September issue, Beyoncé says not a word.

The magazine’s photo shoot with her is accompanied instead by a short essay on her star quality by Margo Jefferson, who won a Pulitzer for criticism while at The New York Times. “It was definitely posed to me as … call it a think piece if you want,” said Ms. Jefferson, reached by phone. “I had no contact with her camp.”

While it’s unusual for Vogue–and most magazines–to put someone on the cover without an interview, it’s business as usual for Bey.

Apparently, Beyoncé stopped giving interviews a few years ago, and now only answers questions via email Q&A, or for a taped TV segment.

More from the NYT:

If she is avoiding the news media, it is not avoiding her. Her music scales the charts, and her media domination continues on her terms. In her not-talking mode, she has appeared on the covers of, and in lavish photo shoots, for Time, Out, CR Fashion Book and T: The New York Times Style Magazine. For these magazines, working around a silent star has required dexterity. CR Fashion Book had the poet Forrest Gander “remix” written statements from her into a kind of free verse. Out profiled her team, the long-serving and devoted operators of the Beyoncé machine (and was granted a Q. and A. with her by email).

Beyoncé may be keeping the media at bay, but she’s been sharing more of herself directly with fans on social media.

Over the past few years Beyoncé’s written open letters to First Lady Michelle Obama and her daughter, penned an essay on the gender equality, shared her support for the Charleston shooting victims and the #BlackLivesMatter movement, and donated money to bail out protestors in Baltimore.

Whether Beyoncé will continue to snub the media is unclear, but one thing is certain–she’s still communicating with her super supportive fans. And really, that’s all that matters, isn’t it?

Image Credits: Vogue

  1. August 21, 2015 - Reply

    Beyonce makes a living entertaining people. Singing and dancing for months at a time, with consistent quality. If she doesn’t want to talk to the press, that’s her right. Honestly the way white media tries to come for her, are we shocked she pays them dust.

  2. August 22, 2015 - Reply

    It just makes them want her more.

  3. August 22, 2015 - Reply

    She’s a very influential black women in the limelight of American and her right to not support the white population by giving interviews is right on in my book…. because she knows they are only going to twist her words to please the white audiences anyway.

    • August 23, 2015 - Reply

      @Lily Seymour

      “her right to not support the white population by giving interviews is right on in my book….”

      But she doesn’t support black publications either…

  4. August 22, 2015 - Reply

    Aaaaaand what would she talk about? The usual rehash she’s been running for most of her career? The last time Bey gave an interesting interview, it was Destiny’s Child 2.0 and she was throwing shade at Farrah Franklin. Sorry. Bey is wonderful as an entertainer, but an interesting personality she is not.

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  5. August 22, 2015 - Reply

    It’s Beyonce’s personal right to talk to the press or not. She is a black woman with great talent. She is right to make awareness about the issues in Baltimore and throughout the country. It’s her actions and it’s her choice. Some in the media may be obsessed with her and her own actions certainly defines her living her life on her terms.

  6. August 22, 2015 - Reply

    Now y’all know the reason is so that she doesn’t say something stupid on camera or on paper. How many celebrities/athletes have you heard say something butt-stupid who should’ve consulted with their publicist before opening their mouths to even ask for the salt? I don’t put it past Beyonce, whose whole career seems manufactured, to be on PR parole. She can only release prescreened statements because a team is probably making those statements for her. Her only job is to look the part and repeat after her publicist. As they say, they don’t pay her to think/speak. Sorry if that sounds harsh, but you know it’s true.

    • August 23, 2015 - Reply

      @Me

      LOL this is true. It might be harsh but it’s true.

    • August 24, 2015 - Reply

      @Me

      very true; they may as well interview her PR team to be truthful, LOL, that girl has not one articulate thing to say that someone has’t already written for her. Sorry BeyHive . . .

    • August 27, 2015 - Reply

      @Me

      That may be why she’s not on Twitter either. EVERYONE, celeb or otherwise, ends up getting into trouble on there.

  7. August 22, 2015 - Reply

    Honestly, I haven’t noticed. I like Beyonce overall but I don’t usually check for her interviews because compared to other celebrities she doesn’t say a lot that is interesting to me. But as mention, as long as she is communicating with her fans and they are listening than that is the only thing that matters…shrugs.

  8. August 27, 2015 - Reply

    If I was a celebrity, I would give nan interview unless it was related to something philanthropic. I would do photoshoots, but no interviews. They’d keep trying to figure me out and wouldn’t be able to.

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